Laura Rodela’s Do’s and Don’ts


A Self Publisher’s Do’s
and 
Don’ts
by
Laura Rodela

So you are ready to
self publish. Your book is complete and you are now ready for the world to
enjoy your work. I would like to share some tips on self publishing that will
help you make wise decisions as you enbark on your journey.

As a new author I was
not savvy in the field of self publishing. I did some research on the internet
but missed the mark on some very important aspects due to
lack of knowledge. Here are my top do’s and don’ts of self publishing.

DO: Proof read your
work multiple times. Publishing companies will do the editing and proof reading
work for you but the cost is high. You can find authors that will proof read
your work on the Internet for a much lower cost. But no one is
perfect and mistakes will be missed, so remember to make inspections yourself.

DO: Consider having
your book sold as an eBook as well as a paperback/hardcover. Some publishing
companies will only distribute your book as a paperback/hardcover and won’t
give you the option for an eBook, although some companies will for an additional cost. 

DO: Make sure you
understand the distribution packages. Most packages will include your ISBN
number and distribution to Amazon, Barnes&Noble etc. However, the marketing
of your book is usually not included, or there is a much higher price for
marketing. Do your
homework.

DON’T: buy everything
the publisher offers you. A lot of the services you can find cheaper on the
internet or do yourself. Research publishing services before you commit, and
make sure you understand exactly what you are buying.

DON’T: give away your
rights to your publisher. Self publishers generally are able to
keep their rights and, therefore, make changes as needed when it comes to
pricing and distribution.

DON’T: be afraid to
ask questions and ask for changes as needed. Such things as your book cover,
color pages etc should
  meet your
expectations. If you want something changed make sure you speak up and work
with your publisher to make it happen. It is your book and your vision!

I hope these tips
will help you with your self publishing efforts.


Laura Rodela
Lrod_confessions@yahoo.com

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